Using Tekla Structures Models in Vico Office

When General Contractors work with steel fabricators and engineers, they often receive Tekla Structures models for their BIM projects. Alternately, if they self-perform concrete or steel, they will often maintain their own Tekla modelers.  So Tekla and Vico worked together to improve the communication between the two systems so that GCs could extract all the information they need for precise quantities, estimates, and schedules from these models.


Tekla Structures 19 includes a new Model Organizer -- an easy to use dialogue for the modeler to define logical areas (like the foundation, superstructure, and roof) and object types (like stairs, beams, slabs, columns, etc.).  This preparation means the model will behave as expected in Vico Office.  In Vico Office 4.2 we created 19 different activation options for your Tekla models, including the ability to publish only filtered content -- or pieces of the model that are ready for estimating and scheduling.  The new "change activation options" feature allows the use to re-order the options with a quick drag and drop.  This means that the estimator gets exactly what s/he needs from the model for the quantity takeoff.
With these two new features, users can work just as easily with Tekla models as they do with ArchiCAD, Revit, and SketchUp models!  


This next video highlights the 5D workflow in Vico Office as we work on the estimate and schedule for a foundation, superstructure, and roof model from Tekla.  The process starts by publishing only those portions of the Tekla models that are complete and ready for our efforts.  By utilizing the new Model Organizer in Tekla 19 and the new model activation options in Vico Office 4.2, we get a precise quantity takeoff which powers our estimate and schedule. 



We can also save a snapshot of our project, in this case, our baseline design, so that we can develop whiat-if scenarios for the Owner.  Now that we have an cost plan developed, we can start cost and resource-loading our tasks in Task Manager.  Vico Office 4.2 features new filtering options in Task Manager that allow us to quickly apply consumption factor in the Task Driver Settings.  This is a huge time saver for schedulers who simply want to get started on the fun of optimizing the schedule.
As we know, developing the schedule starts with defining our locations for optimal crew flow in LBS Manager.  With locations in place, we can organize our flowline schedule and edit the dependencies in the network view.  Now we can see our tasks per location and see the schedule animation to check our work logic.
When a new model is available or when changes come from the project team, we can quickly compare our original estimate snapshot to the new changes.  There are multiple report options to help the Owner see the differences in the two options.  And because the quantities, estimate, and schedule are integrated, any change to the design immediately ripples through our work.  The estimate and schedule are immediately updated with the new quantities from the new model version.
Trimble Buildings is committed to providing more unique workflows for the construction industry.  With our extensive portfolio of solutions for GCs and CMs, we have the opportunity to bring many more best practices and integrations to the industry. 


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